(Alexandria, Va., November 11, 2009) -- VSE Corporation's (Nasdaq GS: VSEC) GLOBAL Division (formerly BAV) announces a new, exclusive, and dynamic Naval Ship Transfer and Repair (N*STAR) team to expedite the transfer of former U.S. Navy ships and systems to foreign allies and provide comprehensive in-country follow-on technical support, including training, engineering services, industrial services, construction and logistics support.
N*STAR team members include some of the top industry leaders, such as Raytheon, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Thales Naval, Inc., General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), BAE SYSTEMS and American Systems Corporation.
Other members of the VSE team include: Propulsion Controls Engineering; George G. Sharp, Inc.; Gibbs & Cox, Inc.; Colonna's Shipyard, Inc.; McKean Defense Group, LLC; Phoenix Group of VA; Sullivan & Associates, Inc.; Atlantic Marine Florida, LLC; 3Phoenix, Inc.; The Columbia Group; Logistics Support, Incorporated; CDI Marine Co.; The GBS Group; The McHenry Management Group; and Orion Solutions, LLC.
VSE has been the lead firm performing ship transfer work for the Naval Sea Systems Command under the Foreign Military Sales ("FMS") Program since this function was initially outsourced in 1995. During that time, VSE has managed the successful transfer of 42 ships to 34 nations on six continents. The transfer services have included a large variety of ships/systems, from guided missile destroyers to floating dry docks. VSE is currently supporting the transfer of the ex-USNS Andrew J. Higgins to Chile at the Atlantic Marine shipyard in Mobile, Ala.
The extensive VSE-led support work includes complex follow-on technical support to host nations from construction/establishment of state-of-the-art, multimedia training facilities; coastal surveillance systems; industrial upgrade programs, including building facilities and procedures capable of supporting former U.S. Navy ships and systems; and engineering support for mission capability enhancements, including complex systems integration projects such as installation of modern combat systems upgrades (SM2 Block IIIA).
"By partnering with the most respected names in the defense business, we've built a powerful team for the future on a foundation of almost 15 years of proven past performance, positive client feedback and outstanding award fee scores," said VSE CEO/President/COO Maurice "Mo" Gauthier. "VSE's N*STAR team of exclusive tier one industry partners is testimony to our strength and reputation in the demanding FMS market. Each of our teammates chose the VSE N*STAR team because of strong ongoing working relationships with VSE and a clear-eyed assessment of VSE's performance and value to this market going forward."
Michael Hamerly, President of VSE's International Group, commented, "VSE has developed many unique and proprietary tools for FMS work including the automated condition report system, automated industrial project financial tracking, and Foreign Military Sales Lessons Learned database. This is an outstanding opportunity for every team member to take ship and system transfers to the next level of service excellence and we are now poised to enrich the program even further."
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